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Biological Consciousness

© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

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Despite the popular New Age notion that all healthy human brains are biologically constructed with the exact same innate abilities, the TEDtalks video "Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality" featuring neuroscientist Anil Seth as speaker, to the contrary, discusses consciousness itself as a function of the biological body and the biological brain as a "prediction engine." The idea of the brain as a prediction engine (be it a good one or a not so good one or one alien to the conscious experience of one's broad familial group) from which the abilities of consciousness in the physical world come into being may be why there may be “caste” systems among human groups (suggesting a desire of human groups to maintain optimal consciousness as expressed through a particular genetic cluster as a function of biology) within a family lineage and group. The information in this scientific TEDtalks video on biologically-constructed consciousness supports the idea that genetics may influence the quality and/or operational modes of consciousness within human genetic clusters (who have each picked up cluster-specific genetic mutations down through evolutionary time) for better or for worse or for distinctive operational expressive uniqueness.

Given this new scientific evidence, it is clear that there is such a thing as “hypergamy” and “hypogamy” in terms, not of social or economic status, but of the organic status of the mind and its ability to manifest consciousness biologically. If one goal of the human race is to construct physical bodies better able to function as vehicles for ever increasing levels of conscious sentience, then the reality of the influence of biology cannot be ignored.

I appreciate the insight that Seth brings forth in the idea that smarter (especially as it pertains to AI) does not necessarily equal (greater) conscious sentience. Mindfulness and intelligence may be intertwined, but they are not the same. The more truth we learn about the brain and its mechanisms, the more apt we are to be able to positively influence both aware mindfulness (an aim of meditation) and intelligence in the brains of humanity.

I also appreciate Seth's acknowledgement near the end of the video that there are many ways of being conscious (among a vast cosmic array of possible consciousnesses) - which includes those forms of consciousness existing independent of a physical body.

"Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence."